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Warwick Police Log July 15 – 31: DUI, Shoplifting, Larceny

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Editor’s note: The following Warwick, RI arrests and incidents were taken from the Warwick Police Department’s website and from publicly available reports. An arrest reflects charges against an individual, and does not indicate guilt or innocence.

Warwick, RI – Warwick Police reported 148 arrests in July excluding offenses such as suspended license charges – here is a partial list of WPD activity from July 15 through July 31:

Wednesday, July 15: DUI arrest following hit & run call at Brady’s Liquors

5:21 p.m. – Police arrested Mark F. Rowland, 52, of 40 Francis St., Cranston, charging him with DUI after responding to a call for a hit-and-run crash at Brady’s Liquors, 1230 West Shore Road.

Officer Geoffrey Waldman caught up with and stopped the 2001 Ford Escape identified by witnesses at the intersection of West Shore Road and Beach Avenue. Waldman interviewed the driver, Rowland, and ran him through field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to the police report.

Waldman charged Rowland with DUI, blood alcohol content unknown. Police also cited Rowland for refusing to submit to a chemical test, operating an unregistered vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Thursday, July 16: Speeding stop leads to DUI arrest

7:22 p.m. – Police arrested Ruben Gonsalez, 25, of 1014 Main St, Apt. 2FLR, West Warwick, charging him with DUI after pulling him over for speeding in the breakdown lane on Bald Hill Road.

As officer Nicholas Reay spoke with Gonsalez, he noted a strong odor of alcohol from the driver, as well as slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes, according to the officer’s report. Gonsalez also failed field sobriety tests, according to the report.

Reay charged Gonsalez with DUI, driving after suspension of his license, and issued him a violation for possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.

Tuesday, July 21: DUI arrest at Sandy Lane Stop & Shop

12:39 a.m.- Officers arrested Kevin Shannon, 46, of 150 Bartlett Drive July 21 at 12:39 a.m. after finding him in his silver Honda, which he’d just crashed into a parked car, pinned driver’s-side against a light pole, in the Sandy Lane Stop & Shop lot.

Friday, July 24: DUI arrest on Post Road

2:03 a.m. – Police arrested Corey Didonato, 26, of 14 Sunny Cove Drive, Warwick, charging him with DUI, second offense, blood alcohol unknown, after stopping his 2007 Infinity for erratic operation on Post Road.

Police arrested Lillibeth Rivera, 20, of 18 Anthony Ct., Willimantic, CT, charging her with shoplifting after responding to a report of a shoplifter in custody at JC Penny at the Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road at 5:34 p.m.

The store’s loss prevention officer told Officer Joshua Myer that Rivera had stolen $213 in merchandise from the store, which was captured on a security video.

July 27: Shoplifting arrest at Macy’s, stolen wallet at Work Out World

2:34 p.m. – Police arrested Kenneth Nilon, 48, of 51 Rustic Way, Warwick, charging him with shoplifting after responding to a call from Macy’s at the Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road.

Det. Sgt. Eric Falcofsky, one of three officers responding, tackled Nilon as he fled across the mall parking lot, according to the police report. Store employees reported Nilon had stolen nine bottles of cologne worth $387.

Police responded to Work Out World, 3030 West Shore Road, at 6:15 p.m. for a report of a stolen wallet. The reporting party told police he had left his wallet in his pants in a locker, returning to find the wallet, containing his license, debit care and a $25 gift card, missing.

July 28: Shoplifting arrest at JC Penney

3:28 p.m. – Police arrested Rikke Larson, 43, of 89 Kristen Ct., Warwick, charging her with shoplifting after responding to a call from JC Penney for a shoplifter in custody

The store’s loss prevention officer told police Larsen had stolen four items worth $130.50. Officers were provided with a security video of the theft.

July 29: Vandalism, DUI arrest

7:50 p.m. – Police responded to the food court at Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road for a report of vandalism to a motorcycle.

The owner of the motorcycle said he discovered a large scratch on the motorcycle after a man followed him into the mall to tell him he’d taken the man’s spot.

10:00 p.m. – John Bucci, 63, of 170 Arnold Ave., Cranston, faces a DUI charge after nearly striking two officers at a traffic stop on Rte. 95 at Exit 14 July 29 at 10 p.m.

July 30:

2:30 p.m. – Police responded to Crowne Plaza at 801 Greenwich Ave., for a report of larceny from a vehicle.

Police spoke with the owner of a Ford SUV who told them that about $10,000 in equipment had been taken from the vehicle.

2:40 p.m. – Police responded to Fuller Street for a report of theft of copper piping from a house.

Officer Patrick Smith met with the property’s realtor, who told him that about $100 worth of copper piping had been stolen from the house, which is owned by Fannie Mae of Philadelphia, PA.

The realtor said the theft could’ve happened anytime during the past several months.

10:50 p.m. – Police responded to a home on Wuddall Avenue for a report of larceny from a truck.

The victim told police registration papers were taken from the vehicle, though many other valuable items had been left alone. Police also responded to a neighboring home, where registration papers had also been removed a vehicle.

July 31: Shoplifters reported at Walmart

Police responded to Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting at 2:33 p.m.

A store employee told officer Joshua Myer that a man and a woman had filled a shoppling cart full of $506.85 in merchandise, exiting through the garden area without paying for it.

The pair left the area in a gold Toyota Camry heading toward Toys R Us, according to the report.











Rob Borkowski
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